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Guest Commentary: The City of Peterson should do the right thing!


By Jennifer M. Wood

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Commentary



When my son was in the 6th grade, his teacher had a big banner strung across his wall that said: Whatever is right is not always popular and what ever is popular is not always right. Those words have stuck in my mind for 15 years now and are something I am thinking about again with the Peterson sidewalk issue.

I’ve had several back surgeries and I have troubled standing on my legs for very long. I can walk directly from one place to the next if it’s a short distance, but ask me to stand and talk to you and I can’t because of pain. That effects shopping, too. I have to use a motorized scooter or my walker often, which I call my portable chair.

I worry about falling on slippery streets during the winter, or tripping over a large chunk of sidewalk sticking up in Peterson. Many seniors worry about this too. About 10 people have reported falls in Peterson over the last couple of years. It was speaking up about the falls in our city and stating concern about walking on icy streets during the winter because of un-shoveled or removed sidewalks that started this sidewalk debate in Peterson.

The city is required to follow the American’s with Disabilities Act. All public entities, regardless of size, must comply with Title II’s requirements. 28 C.F.R. 35.104 (ada.gov). Whenever a city builds or alters an existing facility (sidewalks included), the city is required to make it handicap accessible. All city programs, services and facilities are required to be made accessible and kept in working order. In 1993, Congress ordered ALL cities to do a self-evaluation to become ADA compliant and Congress has stated that sidewalks fall under the ADA. City’s have had 25 years now to become compliant. Isn’t that long enough?

I have discovered that making things accessible to disabled people is not popular. It appears that it is more popular to keep them inaccessible to people with mobility issues. In fact, if eight households petition to keep sidewalks off their street, everyone with disabilities loses out. That means the disabled, seniors and children have to walk down a 10-ton highway with semi tractors and farm equipment in order to get to the trail, school, church, the park or even downtown to buy an ice cream cone. This in fact, is more popular than doing the right thing. I’m just checking here… this is 2015 correct?

Let’s change the color of this story, literally. If .....
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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A bad deal

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jon Peterson of Peterson, Minn. A few final thoughts before the November 4th R-P school district vote: Administrators and certain organized groups of the R-P school district have WANTED a new school for 15 years; twice buying land without bei ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Rushford-Peterson School referendum

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood of Peterson, Minn. The Rushford-Peterson School referendum has recently been presented as you are either for or against caring for the future of our children. However, I believe that knowing the truth, and knowing all of our op ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Guest commentary: To the residents of the R-P School District

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Tayor Peterson, School Board Director, Peterson, MN As a school board member, elected by you and to serve you, I feel it is my job to keep you up to date on what has gone on the past few months and what will be going on in the future relating to ..... 
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